Older Voters Flock to Clinton in South Carolina Primary

A poll worker prepares a voting machine at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Columbia, S.C.

A poll worker prepares a voting machine at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Columbia, S.C.

Hillary Clinton won an overwhelming 88 percent of voters 65 and older and 77 percent of those 45 to 64 in the Feb. 27 South Carolina Democratic primary.

That was far stronger than her victories among older voters in the three earlier Democratic presidential nomination contests in February.

Unlike previous showings where her share of the vote dropped significantly among younger age groups, Clinton also drew 75 percent of voters 30 to 44, according to exit polls by the National Election Pool.

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Once again, however, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the vote of the youngest voters, between ages 17 and 29. But Clinton’s 46 percent of the youth vote was much larger than her share of the youngest voters in the three earlier states — Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Voters ages 45 to 64 accounted for 47 percent of the turnout, and those age 65 and older 19 percent. Overall, unofficial totals gave Clinton 73.5 percent of the South Carolina vote.

Next: Super Tuesday, March 1. Both parties will vote in primaries and caucuses in 11 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. In addition, Alaska Republicans will have caucuses.

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